15 May 2018

Blogging Break

I am taking a little break from blogging and social media; my son is getting married in a couple of weeks on a beach in the sun


When we get back, we are having a big family party in a village hall - we are doing most of the decorating ourselves to keep the costs down, so I am busy making tablecloths and bunting and ...

I am also lovingly tending my garden in the hope that my Old English Roses, Peonies, Lavender, Penstemon, Hydrangeas etc etc will be at their best for decorating all the tables in the hall.


















29 April 2018

It's Been a Funny Month...

I can't believe it's the end of April already! I have very little to show for it sewing wise.  My husband took 3 weeks of annual leave and we managed two separate trips away.  We have been walking in the Peak District National Park and the Shropshire Hills, much to the delight of a certain Goldie 🤗



we also managed a day trip to the seaside - This is Lulworth Cove in Dorset


I had some appliqué prepared to take with me and some knitting,



 but I was so tired each night after all the walking that I did very little, we did have some lovely weather and it was nice to sit outside and stitch a couple of times. I finished Block 1 of Golden Days and started on Block 2





I really like the colours I have chosen, I don't normally use purples and have very little, so I bought a FQ pack which arrived while I was away.


I think these will play nicely with my stash fabrics I pulled earlier.


In other exciting news - Down the Rabbit Hole arrived back from the long arm quilter just before I left!  Part of me really wishes I hand quilted this, but realistically if I want to use it any time soon, machine quilting was the only way to get it done! I had it custom quilted, so I could add a little hand quilting if I like.



Binding went on this afternoon, and as it is about to turn colder again, it will be nice to sit and hand stitch it down in the evenings; I might get this finished soon!


06 April 2018

Startitis!

I am still finding it hard to settle on a particular project 🙁I have started no less than 3 BOM's this year already and it's only April! I have justified each as they are pattern only and I am using stash only for 2 of them 😀

Two are by Sarah Fielke

In January I started  Simple Folk, a mix of piecing and appliqué


I started with a Nordic inspired Red, White & Blue FQ bundle and then added some Dutch Chintz scraps I had to the mix, I have the first 3 blocks appliquéd and the 4th prepared. After a lot of indecision I am really happy with my colours for this one.





The pieced blocks will stay as Red, White & Blue I think, lots more machine piecing to do!


In February I started Grasshopper, all hand work "It's all about the journey Grasshopper" again a BOM by Sarah Fielke

I bought a gorgeous fabric for the back, the rest is mostly stash



No stitching, but I have prepared some of the border blocks for hand piecing








Finally, in March I started Jen Kingwell's Template only BOM 'Golden Days'

This is her quilt so far

It is a very busy quilt and I love it, but I don't think I have the confidence or experience to mix so many different colours together, so for my version I plan on a limited colour palette inspired by the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage here in the UK of Ivory, purples and greens. (with a sparkle of yellow 😀)


I am almost finished the first block


No new starts in April yet 🤣

17 March 2018

Is it Just Me?

I am waiting for my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt to come back from the long arm quilter; I enjoyed every minute of working on that quilt and now I feel at a bit of a loss as to what to start next; does anyone else miss working on a quilt when it's done or is it just me? Don't get me wrong, I love starting new projects but I am not quite ready to move on yet 😀


I haven't exactly been idle...

I have been hand quilting my Happy Days while I wait, good progress is being made, just one small corner to do and then I need to decide what to quilt in the border








I made a sewing pouch for all my hand piecing/EPP tools, so I can keep them together, this is a Lynette Anderson pattern, I changed the embroidery design to use some of her buttons that I have had for years; it's very useful and holds everything I need.





I also made a thread holder for all my appliqué threads and tools; I bought one about 20 years ago from Pat Campbell, but it had started to shred, so I copied the design and made it a bit bigger (room for more threads 😀) The clever part is the strip of Ultrasuede sewn to each pocket, you can thread your appliqué threads through it and then just pull off a length without opening the pocket.
(I have since discovered that Karen Buckley now sells these, but her's are smaller like the original)